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Oct302012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney-MGM- 1991

The Walt Disney Company just announced their purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. for what might be considered a bargain at $4 billion. They picked up Marvel Entertainment in 2009, also for $4 billion, and Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006.

What does this have to do with Ninja Turtles? Well it's been long-rumored that Disney might expand their Star Wars offerings at Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios). Since the opening of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure the rumors say an entire Star Wars-based land might emerge. If this happens, one might expect the land to expand to the south from Star Tours taking over the Muppet real estate. Or would it expand to the west until it reaches Pixar Place? Perhaps a combination of the two? It would not surprise anyone if they used the long-neglected Studio Backlot Tour property for a Star Wars land. Or a Pixar land. Time will tell.

Ninja Turtles? Oh yes. The four Turtles and April put on multiple stage shows. They performed in different locations in this southwest area of the park. Friend of the blog, Donnie, posted some other great Ninja Turtle shots from 1990 when they performed in front of what is now the Studio Backlot Tour.

A big thanks to Marco D'Alessandro and his family for sending these wonderful photos.

 

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Good god, I worked this show in 1992 as part of a crew that swapped out as needed at Muppet*Vision, Honey I Shrunk The Kids park, and the Turtles. Hated doing the Turtles cuz that blacktop pavement was hot as hell.

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason Bentley

One of my most fondest memories growing up... I need to find the photos of when i got Donatello to sign my autograph book with my mom and her sombrero from one of the stores there... Jeez

and thanks to all the former works - i bet it sucked but you made this 9 yr old's visit special (like every other 9 yr old)...

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJP

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